The moment you take the steering wheel, that’s when the real magic begins. It’s like magic when you become the driver of your consciousness instead of the passenger.
Revealing the Observer
Step one is finding out who is it that is in control? Who is behind the wheel? Is it you or your Ego? Most people live on autopilot, unaware of the entity that is actually observing what’s going on. When you are present, in the moment, aware of your body and surroundings, that’s when the real you shows up.
You need to understand that our thoughts and emotions are byproducts of the mind. You are not a byproduct, and the “real you” is the one who experiences and observes your awareness.
If you’ve never experienced life from this perspective, the concept may seem foreign. However, many ancient traditions call the real you the Observer. It’s the person who is listening when talking to ourselves in our head. It is the awareness that experiences our dreams. This level of perception exists beyond the confines of our minds. (1)
Our mind is the home of our personality and instincts. They are the default tools of consciousness that connect us with our bodies. We need to learn how to use these tools correctly instead of allowing them to control our lives.
How to Take Back The Wheel
When we are present, that’s the moment when we are in the driver’s seat. In the driver’s seat, we contact our Source. Our source is what some traditions call the spirit or soul. The modern world ignores our spiritual needs. It is this perspective that enables us to live life fully.
We can observe and direct our lives when we are behind the steering wheel. We are fully present in mind and spirit. And we can connect with “source.” Our source is pure consciousness. When we live grounded in “source,” our intellect and intuition work together.
When we are present it gives us a unique perspective. It gives us access to both our analytical and intuitive minds. We are aware of what’s going on internally and externally simultaneously. In this state, we are conscious of the subtleties of our external and internal environments.
We can find the optimal balance for our gifts. That’s when the real magic of life reveals itself. Synchronistic events are all around us. Connecting with “source” helps us recognize these events and their messages. We get support in unexpected ways.
The problem is most people are the passenger in their lives. The Observer is absent from our awareness altogether. We become obsessed with our thoughts and emotions to the extent that we believe we are them. We lose connection with our source fixated on our personality. When we live in this state, we are not behind the wheel. We are a passenger. We are on autopilot. (2)
When the Ego is in the driver’s seat instead of the passenger, we are more susceptible to negative programming from the culture.
“Imagine that the universe is a great spinning engine. You want to stay near the core of the thing – right in the hub of the wheel – not out at the edges where all the wild whirling takes place, where you can get frayed and crazy. The hub of calmness – that’s your heart. That’s where God lives within you. So stop looking for answers in the world. Just keep coming back to that center and you’ll always find peace.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert
When we are on autopilot, personality and instinct control the wheel. With our mind driving, we react instead of thinking. We behave in ways we would not have intended. The full range of the experience of life is missing. There is no magic in life. It becomes mindless and boring.
When you are not behind the wheel, it feels like your thoughts and emotions are ambushing you. They seem to come out of nowhere. The mind presents a continual cascade of ideas you can’t control. Sometimes you can’t shut them off long enough to sleep.
It isn’t easy to meditate or feel fully present when you cannot shut off the internal dialogue. These are symptoms of life on autopilot. Unfortunately, it’s far too familiar. In this situation, the temporal elements of Ego control thinking. You are not behind the steering wheel. You are a passenger.
Take Back the Real Magic of Awareness
There are two ways to move from the passenger to the driver. The first way is the analytical approach. The second is through a direct experience of the transcendent. Think of them as two roads that lead to the same destination.
An analytical understanding of our thinking helps us see the Observer. Otherwise, this level of awareness will stay hidden in the background.
Meditation allows us to experience this pure state of awareness directly. Then, we can learn to bring this presence into waking consciousness. Both approaches will lead us to a magical experience. That’s when the real magic begins.
“Harmony is our natural state of being, and so, when our energies become too stagnant, chaos is thrown into the mix to stimulate what will eventually result in balance and invite flow. The trick is to not let chaos trap or define you… simply allow it to create movement in the vehicle of your life so that you can snap your eyes open and take back control of the wheel. Do not lose yourself in the storm, instead, be the calm in the storm.” ― Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace: Essential Teachings for Enriching Life
The first step of this approach is understanding the components of the mind. As we mentioned before, the Ego is a necessary tool of consciousness connecting us to our bodies. It’s the home of our personality and instincts. These are the default tools of awareness. We need to learn to use them instead of letting them control the wheel of our presence.
So, why are personality and instincts in control in the first place? When we are born, we learn about ourselves and our world. We need a simple interface to connect our consciousness to our bodies. As we’ve stated before, the problem is that we can get “stuck” in this default mode of operation. Many people feel like they are missing something because they are stuck in this default mode. They exist but don’t live.
Analytical insight gives us the perspective to reach the magical state of awareness. The best tool we’ve found for this is the Enneagram Personality Profile. This process uses a set of questions. These will identify your personality, makeup and instinctual stack.
Many people find the Enneagram results form an accurate picture of how they think. With these tools, you can see how and why you have thought patterns and emotional tendencies. You can “see” why you like or dislike certain things and situations. With this perspective, you can “observe” how your mind works. Instead of letting the mind run on autopilot, you will move behind the wheel.
A Direct Experience of the Infinite
Nothing is more convincing than a direct experience of the infinite. We recommend meditating using a process called known as Japa Meditation. Japa Meditation is the traditional version of Transcendental Meditation (TM). This technique is the cornerstone meditation technique for any serious spiritual explorer.
Even if you’ve had difficulty using other meditative techniques, this process will result. Japa uses a Sanskrit Mantra in a precise and effortless operation. A Mantra is a vibrational tool of meditation. When used correctly, it allows one to enter the source of bliss consciousness. It puts you in touch with the “real you,” the Observer.
Learning Japa is easy. But, you can’t learn this process from an audiotape. The mantra needs to be tuned specifically for you. And you need to give and receive feedback during the learning process.
Connecting with the Real Magic
A lot of things become easier once you are behind the wheel. For example, many people can meditate much easier now that they are in the driver’s seat. Other get the same level of clarity when they complete the Enneagram of Personality questionnaire and find out how their personality has been covering up their awareness of the Observer.
Either path will lead you back to the source of your true nature. You will feel more at peace and less frantic. You will spot synchronicities, feel more aware of your intuition, and make better decisions.
Your thought-life is now something you can direct for more positive outcomes. Even when things aren’t going your way, life becomes more manageable and less stressful. It is all because you are behind the steering wheel instead of the passenger seat.
You can experience “the real magic” in your life. Learn that you can observe, choose, and direct your thoughts and emotions. You are not at war with your Ego.
To take back something means you are retrieving what is rightfully yours.
(1) Human observers have optimal introspective access to perceptual processes even for visually masked stimuli: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4749556/
(2) At the Heart of It All: The Concept of Presence: https://academic.oup.com/jcmc/article/3/2/JCMC321/4080403